• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency

January 7, 2016

PARIS — Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini on Thursday withdrew from the race to become FIFA president, telling L’Equipe that he will concentrate on clearing his name instead.

“I will not present myself for the presidency of FIFA. I am withdrawing my candidature. I no longer have the time nor the means to go to the voters, to meet people, to fight against the other candidates,” said Platini in reference to the January 26 deadline for nominations to succeed Sepp Blatter.

“In withdrawing, I am dedicating myself to my defense.”

Platini and Blatter were suspended for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 and 2002.

Read more coverage of the FIFA corruption scandal from The Tico Times

You may be interested

Slothy Sunday: Though the journey may be difficult, keep climbing
Sloth Sundays
1295 views
Sloth Sundays
1295 views

Slothy Sunday: Though the journey may be difficult, keep climbing

The Tico Times - August 9, 2020

Last week, we introduced you to Lola, a sloth that traveled more than an hour under the hood of a…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Sunday, August 9
Costa Rica
21841 views
Costa Rica
21841 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Sunday, August 9

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 9, 2020

Costa Rica announced seven new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 235, according to official data…

INS offers cheaper policy for visitors to Costa Rica
Costa Rica
5302 views
Costa Rica
5302 views

INS offers cheaper policy for visitors to Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 9, 2020

Some healthy competition has benefitted the consumer. The National Insurance Institute (INS) now sells a cheaper travel insurance policy for…